What is Barebacking?
Barebacking is the practice of having sex without a condom. It is traditionally used to refer to condom-less, anal sex between homosexual men. Some consider Bareback sex different from unprotected sex. The difference lies in the intention and conscious choice of both parties to engage in sex without the use of a condom.
Originally an equestrian term that means to ride a horse without a saddle, choosing to go bareback has many reasons. Sex without condoms is seen, by some, to be more intimate. Direct physical contact may make members feel more vulnerable and promote an emotional connection with their partner.
Barebacking increases the risk of HIV and STD transmission. This risk may add thrill and excitement to the activity.
There are two extreme practices of Barebacking that involve the conscious transfer of HIV. Bugchasing is the practice in which an uninfected male actively seeks to contract the virus through Bareback sex. Bugchasers want to be infected to free them from the fear of being infected.
Gift giving is the practice in which the virus is intentionally ‘shared’ with others. Some use HIV transmission as a way to form an emotional relationship with their partners. This out of the belief that partners who are both HIV-positive can form a kind of connection that may not be possible for people who are not infected.
Barebacking is not necessarily a part of BDSM culture, but it can be included in the play. It is largely considered a fetish or subversive desire. Barebacking is a part of many consensual non-consent role play fantasies.
Dos, Don’ts & Tips
Intentional condomless sex is not reserved to be used in homosexual anal sex only. Heterosexual partners may also engage in Barebacking.
- Like in homosexual Barebacking, heterosexual Barebacking also increases the risk of HIV and STD transmission.
- Sex without a condom also heightens the possibility of pregnancy and UTIs.
- To avoid pregnancy, some couples use the calendar method and withdrawal.
- Having a monogamous partner can decrease the chance of HIV and STD infection.
- Using Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can also lessen the risk of transmission, especially for those who engage in casual sex and one-nighters.
Related Fetishes and Practices
Barebacking is common in gay porn productions. It is associated with Creampie, Anal Sex, and Breeding fetishes. It can be used in combination with Role-playing and other BDSM scenes.